Entre Lineas by MN*LS

published in: Design By Guest, 28 November 2009

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photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

Guest Contribution by Katerina Biliouri

MN*LS was born in 2008 when Colombia met Austria, when Margarita Navarro met Ludwig Slezak.  Margarita Navarro was born in Colombia, studied design in Madrid and after some work experience in Spain and the United States, she moved to Milan for her postgraduate studies on Design at Domus Academy.  On the other hand, Ludwig Slezak was born in Austria, studied in Los Angeles, London and graduated from St. Martins College of Art and Design.  After several years of various collaborations within design and architectural studios, they both ended up in Treviso. There, in 2008 they founded their studio MN*LS, where they are mainly working in the fields of sports apparel, interior, product design and graphics.

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

What is evident throughout all their areas of interest is the combination of craftsmanship and industrial processes, as well as of tradition and innovation.

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

Entre Lineas is one of their design projects. It is a one-off collection where unknown pieces are inspired by the traditions of ready-made. Keeping in mind the definition by the king of readymades Marcel Duchamp that a ready-made is "an ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist", one can  understand that the field of ready-made design objects is definitely a challenging one for designers.

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

Through the Entre Lineas collection, MN*LS studio manages to add a different value to given objects and reinterpret them by the application of handmade techniques. Specifically, the collection is comprised of illuminated objects in a limited edition that appeal due to their rather poetic approach. Small hand folded antique books are turned into romantic & stylish lightings.  If until now we were accustomed in using a light to read between a book's lines, now the light itself comes from between lines, in spanish "entre lineas".

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

Overall, the Entre Lineas project has been exhibited in a small gallery, a showroom and a Japanese restaurant as decoration. Currently, MN*LS have another Entre Lineas exhibition planned in Austria, focusing this time more on illuminated sculptures.

photo © Alberto Minio Paluello

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  • friend
    Brian Thompson | 2009-11-30 01:04:11

    Ludwig and Margarita, Very wonderful article and inspiring show! Beautiful work! Congratulations to you both. Ludwig, it is so nice to see this and to read about your endeavors. Best wishes my friend, Brian Thompson

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    georgios mathioudakis | 2009-11-30 13:30:43

    well...this is a very good and inspiring work...but i think it is in a way like the work of the Greek artist PAVLOS ( Dionisopoulos )- who by the way is a very close familly friend and we are collectors of his work... i am not saying that it is bad to produce something similar to others' work but it is good some times to make a reference...

  • friend
    mn*ls | 2009-11-30 22:19:37

    Dear Georgios Mathioudakis: thank you for your comment. As it is common in any design and art project, we are getting to know, after our project has been published, people that had done similar objects in the past. As designers, this is something that happens very often and we are glad to meet other people that had a similar processes and work with similar materials. Our project can actually look similar but it is different, since we fold every single page of the book to get a tridimensional shape and structure, and with using one single book, with different number of pages, that vary from 300 to 700, depending on the paper. Also, we describe our project as illuminated sculptures because they have a special light bulb inside that illuminates the whole piece. Kind regards, MN*LS

  • friend
    georgios mathioudakis | 2009-12-02 13:35:24

    Dear MN*LS, i don't want in any way to offend you, it is really progressive and really good that people with your skills and your way of understanding the design and take it further to show us more and more. Me as a Landscape architect and urban designer/planner i can feel and i know how design, art, architecture etc work...So do continue to show us more of your work cause i have to say that i am fan of yours and i am expecting more...Keep the excellent process...And i am really grateful for your reply! Kind Regards, Georgios Mathioudakis

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    CC | 2010-01-15 10:43:11

    Would love to see Greek artist PAVLOS ( Dionisopoulos )'s work if it's available... But... in the design world, nothing is original...

  • friend
    Lorrain | 2010-03-19 21:24:34

    What a paper used for this&

  • friend
    Sylvia Galvis | 2010-08-10 16:35:45

    Margarita, Congratulations on your success. May you always be blessed. It's impressive to read about you and your loved one! Chachis

  • friend
    NhungNguyen | 2010-11-12 06:02:37

    so wonderful! i love it. "A great combination of craftsmanship and industrial processes, as well as of tradition and innovation." Congratulation!

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